Village Square & Hopewell Grand Opening weekend

The public is warmly invited to tour Village Square and Hopewell on Saturday, January 27 between 11 am and 3 pm as we celebrate the completion of this phase of Project Envision at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village.  Check out these great articles and photos from three local publications:


The Sentinel

Central Penn Business Journal

Follow us on social media this weekend as we share all the latest news and photos from our grand opening celebration!


Major Traffic Pattern Changes at Messiah Village

As we get closer to welcoming the first residents to move into Village Square this fall, several major changes will happen with our Mt. Allen entrances and parking around campus. On September 29, the old main entrance will be reopened to traffic and will bring visitors into the newly expanded Purple parking lot. This lot will be primarily for guests as door #1 will be the preferred entry point for the Village Center. This newly designed road coming into campus will be known as the Village Way entrance. On October 2, the temporary two-way “main” entrance and exit near Messiah Circle/Donegal will return to a one-way exit only. Please use extreme caution. Measures are being taken, including road signage, to advise drivers of the change in traffic patterns. You will also note new directional and way-finding signs being installed around October 2 in preparation for the new buildings and patterns.

Team member parking is being adjusted. The back row of the new Purple lot will be for team members with parking tags. The Yellow Lot near the chapel will transition from guest parking to team member parking on October 2. Please note that Wellness and U-GRO spots will remain designated near the Chapel. The Wellness spots will become guest parking spots early next year when the Center for Vitality & Wellness is fully operational.

Messiah Circle Reopens

On October 2, the portion of Messiah Circle that has been closed off during construction (under the Kibler Bridge) will reopen so a continuous driving loop will be restored. Please note, however, that access to the actual Village Square building is currently limited to incoming Village Square residents when they move in and the staff supporting them until November 8 when common spaces open. In the meantime, you can enjoy driving or walking under the Kibler Bridge!

Resident & Guest Services

The Village Center Resident & Guest Services (formerly known as the receptionist desk) will return to its original location near the Gift Development Office & Wagner Transitional Care.On September 29, residents and team members will need a FOB/badge to swipe at the Chapel doors. Guests can also use the Chapel stenophone system, between 7 am & 7 pm, to call the desk and request entry. After 7 pm, anyone without a FOB/badge will need to enter door #1 as the Resident & Guest Services



Why do we take time to celebrate anniversaries? Let me share from my recent personal experience.

Curt and Kathy anniversary picOn Monday, June 6, 2016 my wife Kathy and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary. We just returned from some time away reminiscing and enjoying each other’s company. She has been a blessing to me in many ways, including encourager, confidant and best friend, mother of our children, sounding board, and more. I believe it is important from time to time to step back and remember the journey which has brought us to the present. Doing this as a couple has been therapeutic and has encouraged us to continue the next 35 years building on and strengthening the foundations which brought us together many years ago. It helps clarify our sense of purpose as we move forward into the future together.

Messiah Lifeways celebrates an even more significant anniversary this year—120 years! It is appropriate to spend some time reminiscing and to commemorate where we’ve come from. It helps us to understand what brought us to where we are today, and this background is important as we plan for carrying our mission forward into the future. This week there have been historical photographs in the hallway by Compass Pointe Place at the Messiah Village campus. These show people helping people in various ways throughout our history on Mt. Allen Drive. It is interesting to see that, while we may do things a bit differently now than in the past, we are still finding ways to enhance the lives of older adults with Christ-like love.

I am grateful for the dedicated service many have provided to older adults in this ministry in the past 120 years. As we look to the future at Messiah Lifeways, we do so with the underlying sense of purpose established from our origins. We also seek creative ways to carry our mission forward with excellence and an eye toward better ways to serve senior adults. For instance, the expansion of our Messiah Village campus will bring improvements to resident experiences in many areas through state-of-the-art additions of Village Square apartment homes, Enrichment Center, Wellness Center, Café 100, Kathryn’s on the Square, the Hopewell neighborhood, and new nursing neighborhoods with private rooms. We continue to expand our offerings at Mount Joy Country Homes, and we carry our mission to the greater community through a variety of impactful community-based services.

As you can see, there are important reasons to recognize and celebrate anniversaries. It is not just to remember the past and our origins, but to establish a foundation upon which to build our lives and mission for the future. For this reason, we can gladly say, “Happy Anniversary!”

Curt Stutzman

Project Envision Moves Ahead!

October 29, 2015 (Mechanicsburg, PA) More than 200 dignitaries and community leaders joined Messiah Lifeways executives for the Project Envision ceremonial groundbreaking today. President & CEO Curt Stutzman noted that this event is a milestone in the organization’s 119-year history. “Today we symbolically and literally dig in and embark on a comprehensive $77 million expansion that will bring nearly 160 new residents and a vast array of amenities to our Messiah Village campus. Years of strategic planning have brought us here and we are grateful for all the advisors, partners, and friends who have made it possible.” Stutzman and others, including George Book, Jr., President & CEO of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the fact that this project will result in up to 30 new permanent jobs and will increase tax revenues to Upper Allen Township and Mechanicsburg Area School District. Construction is slated to begin before the end of this calendar year and will last for at least 18 months.

In addition to a large number of current Messiah Village residents who joined in the celebration, a group of Village Square depositors were specially acknowledged during the ceremony. Village Square will include 84 apartment homes with underbuilding parking. More than 40 couples and/or individuals have made financial deposits to reserve their new home at Village Square, expected to open in summer 2017.

Messiah Lifeways Board Chair Glenn Heisey underscored the importance of Project Envision’s first phase as a comprehensive three-part expansion. “Beyond new residential living accommodations at Village Square, we are looking ahead at how to best serve future generations. We live in one of the nation’s ‘grayest’ states so our new private nursing rooms and spacious personal care apartments will be key to meeting current and future demand.”

Some of the key professional project team members were also recognized during the program.

Development Consultant — Greenbrier Development, Dallas, TX

Architect– Stewart & Conners Architects, Charlotte, NC

Landscape Architect — RGS Associates, Lancaster, PA

Builder — Whiting-Turner, Baltimore, MD

Interior Design — Interior Design Associates, Inc., Nashville, TN

Advertising Agency — LevLane, Philadelphia, PA

Financing Consultant — Ziegler, Chicago, IL

Financing Bank — BB&T, Winston-Salem, NC

Legal Counsel — Latsha, Davis & McKenna, Mechanicsburg PA

Kristen Heisey, Vice President of Strategic Development & Marketing, applauded this group’s talent and effort. She also shared high praise for Upper Allen Township officials who have “gone above and beyond” in helping this project plan become a reality. “It’s a great day – the years of meetings, planning, and collaborating have brought us to groundbreaking and we are anxious to begin.”

Project Envision is a 20-year plan for a mission-driven Messiah Village campus. Phase one includes the building of Village Square with apartment homes, dining, wellness, and enrichment venues. Phase one also includes adding 26 Enhanced Living apartments and 2 new nursing neighborhoods with 32 private rooms. Plans also include renovating and privatizing an existing 32 nursing rooms so that when this project is complete, Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village will have 64 of its 184 skilled nursing beds designated as private accommodations.

Artist’s rendering of two new nursing neighborhoods, each with 16 private rooms, that will be added to the existing Village Center building.


This view, from the existing Village Center lobby, shows an addition of 26 spacious new personal care apartments, along with new living and dining areas and outdoor space. The addition will connect, via covered walkway, to the existing Village Center.



Village Square and Central PA: A Great Place to Call Home

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Village Square – Opening 2017

As Messiah Lifeways embarks on a 20-year journey known as Project Envision, Village Square will be an integral part of the growing Messiah Village campus and community located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Rooted in Cumberland County, currently the state’s fastest growing among all 67 counties, Village Square is poised to attract older adults both locally and out of town looking to settle in this exciting, historic and charming region. Upon its completion in 2017, Village Square will consist of 84 new apartment homes in a 220,000 square-foot complex that will also feature two new restaurants, a state-of-the-art pool and fitness club, spa, and 300-seat enrichment center.

The Harrisburg Carlisle region was recently named by Milken Institute as the 31st best large metropolitan area for successful aging based on quality of life indicators and services available to older adults. [click to see full report]

Older adults who have lived in this area, who will soon call Village Square “home,” can tell you that the Cumberland Valley/Capital Region is a very vibrant, burgeoning and friendly community. And for those age 55 and better not as familiar with South Central Pennsylvania who are also looking to make the move to Village Square, this area truly offers the best of both worlds – offering “big city” features while being charming and livable no matter your age.

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A multitude of amenities, activity and interest abound within minutes of the Messiah Village campus – from fine arts and fine dining to farmers’ markets and fly fishing. This area has a rich history and a budding future. Our friends from and provide a tremendous view of things to do, to see, to experience and to be a part of stretching across the Mid-state, such as:

As I personally learned, having moved here nearly 20 years ago, another great advantage of this area is that it is truly centrally located and convenient to many big cities and attractions.

For instance Harrisburg to:

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor – 1½ hours

Gettysburg Battle Fields– 45 minutes

New York City – 3 hours

Philadelphia – 2½ hours

Pittsburgh – 3 hours

Washington DC – 2 hours

Making a move at any stage in life can be a challenge. But I truly believe as people begin to examine their options and opportunities as they grow older, Village Square coupled with the charm, comfort and location of Central PA, one can feel very good about deciding to move here and calling it home.


If you would like to learn more about Village Square, please call 717.591.7224 or visit